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8 Ways to Drink 8 Glasses of Water

By Caroline Jacobson on August 6, 2015 in Healthy Living


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Water is essential. It comprises 70% of the Earth's surface, 60% of the human body and without it life as we know it wouldn't exist.

But what you might not realize is how important water is for your teeth, too. It washes away cavity-causing bacteria, plaque and food particles while helping to keep your mouth moist and bad breath at bay. And nearly all tap water contains fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that helps prevent tooth decay.

So how can you get the recommended 64 ounces of water a day without turning into a fish? It's easier than you think.

Get your 8 for 8 with these 8 tips:

Did you know you could eat your water? In fact, you may already hydrate with some of your favorite foods:

1. Celery

Water and fiber high-five in this nutritious stick. Plus, the chewing stimulates saliva flow, which helps wash away harmful teeth bacteria.

2. Watermelon

The first half of the word should give you a clue. This seed-filled summer favorite contains 90% water.

3. Soup

Healthy Gazpacho Recipe
image via myrecipes.com

You may not think of summer as soup weather, but your thirst disagrees. Make sure to look for a low-sodium version, as high salt levels can leave you dehydrated. Why not try gazpacho?

4. Ice Pops

Healthy Ice Pops Recipe
via onebusywahm.com

These eye-pleasing pops are made mostly of ice. They provide extra H2O and easily increase your daily fruit count.

Not in the mood for a snack? Try these tips:

5. Set an alarm.

There are plenty of apps designed to keep you hydrated. If you want to keep it simple, set a “water alarm” for every few hours.

6. Add a flavor.

A fruit infuser water bottle is an inexpensive way to add natural sweetness. If you're not into fruit, try a sugar-free flavor powder.

7. Make it sparkle!

Add bubbles to make your water regimen a 5-star experience. Buy your favorite brand or make your own at home.

8. Keep it nearby.

“Water, water everywhere,” should be your new motto. Make it easy to drink water – keep a bottle in your car, at your desk and at any other personal hotspots.

Cheers to a Happy, Healthy, and Hydrated Summer!